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Price-Gouging Drug Czar Selling Chance to Punch Him in Face

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Martin Shkreli (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) 

Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 05:28 PM

The despised former CEO of a drug company that jacked up the price of a life-saving HIV and cancer drug by a whopping 5000 percent is ready to take a punch in the face — for charity.

Martin Shkreli, the so-called "Pharma Bro" who led Turing Pharmaceutical, tweets he will "auction one slap/punch in the face" for the benefit of Tyler Kulich, the cancer-surviving, six-year-old son of his friend Mike Kulich, who died last Saturday at the age of 29.

 

 

So far, the highest bid is $78,000.

Shkreli became a national pariah when Turing dramatically raised the price of Daraprim, a 62-year-old treatment for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that threatens HIV and cancer patients.

The medication skyrocketed in cost from $13.50 to an astounding $750 per pill — a rise so steep that some patients could no longer afford it. Last year, Shkreli was arrested by the FBI on unrelated securities fraud charges.

Following the arrest, Mike Kulich — a public relations guru and porn-company czar who once convinced a female Ted Cruz-lookalike to make a porn flick for $10,000 — signed on as Shkreli's press agent.

Kulich's son, diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia four years ago, ended chemotherapy treatments last month. But the little boy is now fatherless after his dad died in his sleep of unknown causes last weekend.

Shkreli is also offering an alternative for who abhor him but want to avoid violence:

 

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